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Is WISH affordable?

Yes, WISH makes housing affordable so that every student has the opportunity to experience D.C. Our occupancy selection accommodates student housing for every budget.

Does WISH offer year-round services to schools and students?

Yes, WISH partners with schools and students for fall, spring, and summer semesters or year-round. Contact the WISH team about housing assistance for your program:
Email: interns@internsdc.com
Phone: 202-548-2720

What type of housing does WISH offer to interns?

WISH offers studio apartments, single, double, triple and quad occupancy bedrooms. Double, triple, and quad bedrooms refer to shared bedrooms. It’s up to the needs of the intern. WISH residents live in classic Capitol Hill apartments or row houses. All WISH locations are Metro-accessible in the heart of the District.

Why is WISH considered the best D.C. internship experience?
For over 25 years, WISH has provided intern-only housing to thousands of students year-round. With nearly 12 locations, WISH is the largest intern-focused housing provider in the District just blocks from the Capitol, the Supreme Court and Federal buildings. In addition to housing, WISH also provides social networking and professional development events on a weekly basis. WISH is the ultimate D.C. experience!
How easy is it to apply?
The housing application is free and can be found here. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Each application receives an email verification within one business day. WISH accepts applications year-round!
I haven’t been to DC before, is WISH safe?
  • Yes! WISH offers housing on Capitol Hill and Woodley Park which are known to be some of the safest neighborhoods in Washington DC.
  • Capitol Hill locations are closely monitored by Metro Police, U.S. Capitol Police, and police from the Supreme Court and National Parks Service at Union Station.
  • All of our properties are a short walk away from Metro stations. The furthest walk from a metro stop is 8 blocks.
  • All WISH properties are intern only.
  • WISH has 24/7 staff on call for emergencies including maintenance issues, lockouts, lost keys, etc.
  • Additional safety information is provided in our residential life handbook that all residents receive upon arrival. This includes the suggestion to register for Alerts DC, which is a District of Columbia real time alert system for weather, traffic, closure and crime notifications.
  • For life threatening emergencies always call 911 before contacting WISH

Reservations

How do I reserve housing?
  • Once the free application is submitted and approved, you will receive a link from WISH requesting a non-refundable processing fee and refundable security deposit to reserve housing. The deposit can be submitted here.
  • Once the free application is submitted and approved, you will receive a link from WISH requesting a non-refundable processing fee and refundable security deposit to reserve housing. The deposit can be submitted here.
My internship dates are different than your sessions, can I still stay with WISH?
  • The free housing application has a field to request alternative dates.
  • Residents are free to check in and out within their reservation dates at no additional cost.
What are the addresses of available locations?
  • For privacy and security, WISH doesn’t publish addresses and will provide them only after an application is approved and a deposit received.
  • All WISH properties are in the historic Capitol Hill and Woodley Park/National Zoo neighborhoods.
  • We specialize in locations close to the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Metro stations.
Housing Preference
  • Housing preference is based on when your refundable security deposit and non-refundable processing fee is received. WISH cannot reserve housing for you until these are received.
  • We offer shared rooms and private rooms in shared apartments or townhouses, and a limited number of private apartments.
  • Students can request to room with another applicant on their application.
  • Most townhouses are co-ed by floor, and apartment buildings are co-ed, but each apartment is not unless a special request is made in writing.
  • All WISH locations are Metro-accessible.
  • WISH provides daily and weekly maintenance and a 24-hour phone for emergencies.

Payments

Once housing is reserved, how is rent paid?
  • The rental payment is due in full 45 days prior to the start of the session.
  • WISH accepts personal check (prior to arrival for check-in), cashier’s check, money order, bank wire, or PayPal for credit/debit (fees apply). A PayPal invoice can be sent upon request.
Do the WISH Rates include taxes?
Housing rates are all-inclusive.
Do the WISH Rates include utilities?
Yes, rates include electricity, A/C, heat, water, Wi-Fi, and free laundry.
What if I need to cancel?
  • All housing cancellations must be made in writing or via email to WISH.
  • In the event of cancellation, WISH will attempt to re-rent your assigned space so that you can receive the maximum refund, dependent on the new booking price.

Arrival

Does WISH have House Rules?
  • Everyone wants a safe, comfortable living experience. A few rules go a long way to making every intern and student staying with us have a great stay. Click here for resident policies.
  • Alcohol and smoking of any kind is prohibited in all properties.
  • There are no curfews, but quiet hours are from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. 7 days per week.
  • Guests are prohibited.
What should I bring to DC?
Bring a full set of linens: pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels. Properties are furnished, including utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi access, full kitchens, dishware, cookware and appliances (toaster, microwave, coffeepot, etc.), free laundry facilities (irons/ironing boards) and weekly and emergency maintenance. Furnishings also include access to WISH office and building management staff and 24-hour on-call emergency staffing, as well as social and professional development events.
How does the check-in process work?
  • Please email arrivals@internsdc.com to schedule a check-in date and time no later than one week prior to arrival.
  • Once arrival has been scheduled, interns will receive further details regarding check-in.
Can I reach WISH staff outside of regular business hours?
  • WISH staff can be reached 24/7 in the event of an emergency. The emergency line is available after business hours at: 202-446-3117
  • For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

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